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Today's Opinions

  • Helping Backpack Buddies

    I would like to express my appreciation toward the wonderful mission of supplying food to less fortunate children that the Galax Backpack Buddies Program and that all Backpack Buddies Programs take on.
    My family and I volunteer with Galax Backpack Buddies so I get to witness firsthand the efforts put on by the numerous volunteers each week.
    Volunteers pack and deliver the backpacks to the Galax schools by hand.

  • Angel Tree donors thanked

    On behalf of all the third-shift associates at the Galax Walmart Supercenter, I thank the following local businesses for contributions to help raise funds for this year’s Angel Tree project:
    Blue Ridge Lanes, Porky’s, County Line Café, Bojangle's, Rio Grande, RJ’s Pizza, Ciro’s of Galax, Tony’s Brick Oven Pizza, Stingray’s, Pizza Plus, Arby’s, Jasper Lures, plus many individual gifts.
    With this support we were able to sponsor six angels as opposed to the four we normally help.
    Herb VanOver

  • Letters from Boy Scout Troop 188

    The following letters were submitted by Boy Scouts with Troop 188 in Galax:

    Bland lunches are wasted

  • Eminent domain makes citizen feel helpless

    By Sandra J. Felts, Woodlawn

  • Wind energy important to county's future

    By Erica Largen of Dugspur and Lauren Peery of Laurel Fork

  • Conflict questions still unanswered

    The Carroll County administrator’s response to Supervisor Bob Martin’s effort to end the conflict of interest controversy was disturbing.
    Little things, like Mr. Larrowe referring to events as recent as 2010 as occurring “many, many years ago.”
    And big things, like his statement: “I… hate that some people have jumped off the team, and that is disappointing to me, Mr. Martin.”
    What “team” did he mean — the Larrowe support team?

  • Fox penning a barbaric sport

    I find it unbelievable that there is still any debate over whether releasing packs of dogs on captive wildlife is an acceptable hobby for some in Virginia.
    The answer is an incontestable no.
    There is no fairness in the practice of fox penning.  Live trapping of foxes in all corners of the state, trucking them miles from their familiar habitat, and putting them in fenced enclosures to run for their lives is anything but fair. 

  • Federal cuts looming for school system

    Brian Spencer is chairman of the Carroll County School Board